NAV 2013 R2 on Azure in Office 365

Last year during the Directions EMEA 2013 they announced NAV 2013 R2 on Windows Azure in Office 365. It sounds very vague because there was not much details on this. The announcement contained two remarks: NAV 2013 R2 is certified for virtual machine on Windows Azure An Office 365 user can be used to login on NAV As a fan of Windows Azure I liked it. Windows Azure Active Directory, or Active Directory of Office 365, already has a great use for Website/Apps etc, but now it also can be used for standard Business applications like NAV. To start my … Continue reading NAV 2013 R2 on Azure in Office 365

Windows Azure Costs

If you get Windows Azure subscription, there is a Spending limit on it. But turning it of made it impossible to add it again later. That pretty annoying especially for the starting Windows Azure developer to keep the costs down. If you connect your Windows Azure subscription to your MSDN account, you get credits to use for every resource on the Windows Azure platform. Even then you want a limit to the costs beyond the credits. Nowadays you can put the spending limit on, but it is all or nothing. You would rather set an alert if you reach a … Continue reading Windows Azure Costs

Visual Studio Online with Azure Websites

During the launch of Visual Studio 2013 they showed us Visual Studio Online codename Monaco. This online version of the desktop Visual Studio makes it possible to make code changes from a none Windows powered device or a Windows RT device without the need of a local installation of Visual Studio. Not completely new, Cloud 9 ( is already available with some likewise. But Microsoft did not build a version yet. It was matter of time if you looked good at their Office Webapps possibilities. With Windows Azure Websites you are now able to set the option to edit it … Continue reading Visual Studio Online with Azure Websites

Web Endpoint Status checks

One remark about Windows Azure which is heard a lot is about Monitoring. Not about the monitoring of the hardware, that is done by the platform itself. But of your own deployment (website, virtual machine, cloud service). Now there is a new feature available. With this feature your End points (visible for your users) can be checked periodically from more then one Microsoft Windows Azure location. For Virtual Machines / Websites / Cloud Services it is beneath the Configure tab and the results of the checks are on the Dashboard. The Dashboard shows something like this: When clicking on the … Continue reading Web Endpoint Status checks

Backup on Windows Azure

Windows Azure is build on the fact that services and applications will never be unavailable by hardware failures. The Windows Azure platform made self healing. Your website runs on a server, in case the physical hardware should break down, the platform will move your website to another server. Also possible with virtual machines and Cloud Services if you have al least two instances of your service. Many think this a great feature of the platform, but they are worried about the failures made by users. How could the platform help us with that? I am not trying to start a … Continue reading Backup on Windows Azure

Windows Azure Portal Enhancements 2013-11

They work hard on the Windows Azure portal, which results in many enhancements and changes. It starts with logging in. If you go to the first change/enhancement is there. Before the portal assumed you wanted to login with a Microsoft account. If you wanted to use your Office 365 account (Organizational Account), there was a obscure link left in the picture. The login screen changed to the Office 365 login form. Now you get a clean and empty form with just an edit field. In the edit field an e-mail address is entered. The portal will find what kind … Continue reading Windows Azure Portal Enhancements 2013-11

Windows Azure tools 2.2

Evert now and then a new version of the Windows Azure tools for Visual Studio is released. With the arrival of the version of Visual Studio that would be a great update moment. This time not just a refresh of the tools, but there a great jewels of additions. Which are also available for Visual Studio 2012. This time the process to manage your Windows Azure subscriptions in Visual Studio is redesigned and changed. In previous versions you did need to download a .publishsettings xml file (on This file contained all the information about your subscriptions. By importing this … Continue reading Windows Azure tools 2.2

Windows Azure Visual Studio Tools 2.1

With the new version of the Windows Azure SDK and Tools 2.1 Windows Azure did conquer his own place in the Server explorer. To be honest it was about time. The server explorer makes it possible for the developer to stay in Visual studio during development. With this he can use his time efficient and not wasting time switching apps/tools. Ok, not quite new. Of the Windows Azure platform Cloudservices and Storage were already in the Server explorer. But now they are grouped nicely and together. All components of Windows Azure underneath a header. Exception was made for Windows Azure … Continue reading Windows Azure Visual Studio Tools 2.1

Windows Azure SDK 2.0 and Tools

Last week is version 2.0 of the Windows Azure SDK and Visual Studio tools released. And this time not just a few bug fixes, but really good additions. Ok, version number is updated and Windows Server 2012 is the default osFamily of a Role. Also the new VM sizes are added to the tools.   Beside the known Web and Worker Roles there is also a Role specific for the Windows Azure Servicebus added.   But the real news are in the Diagnostics and the Windows Azure Storage in the Server Explorer. The diagnostics is now much better to setup. … Continue reading Windows Azure SDK 2.0 and Tools